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    01-17-2019, 09:24 PM
    Thank you for the enlightening info.. I get the feeling that since the powder and the OP's information about it is being displayed on a website that's affiliated with the MLAIC, - The Black Powder Shooting Union of South Africa - it would seem...
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    01-17-2019, 05:35 PM
    This is total speculation, but perhaps they're using special charcoal that's made from something akin to balsa wood. I've read that balsa can help make some powerful and clean burning powder. Balsa is the softest hardwood species there is, less...
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    01-16-2019, 10:26 PM
    Here's an short interesting article with a few useful facts: How to Select the Right Sabot --->>> https://www.chuckhawks.com/select_right_sabot.htm "Barnes MZ-Expanders come automatically with MMP 50 / 452 Black HPH12 long-petaled sabots in...
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    01-16-2019, 07:30 PM
    The generic owner's manual lists some loading restrictions and recommendations:--->>> https://cva.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Universal-Manualrev11.20.15.pdf
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    01-16-2019, 05:29 PM
    Basically the solid portion of the sabot is what gets engraved. There's very slightly thicker and thinner sabots which also applies to the petals. The petals can also slightly bulge depending on the diameter of the bullets, but IMO the engraving...
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    01-14-2019, 05:43 PM
    Thanks for the info. guys. The one on Gunbroker must be an original since it has the #11 nipple. I searched and found one other poster who said he had a .45, .58 and 12 ga. Huntsman. Back in those days when the Huntsman was 1st made,...
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    01-14-2019, 12:07 PM
    There's a video tab at the top of the page listed above that brings you to a videos page that has a video about the 209 muzzle loading chamber adapter which shows it in use:--->>> https://www.gunadapters.com/videos/ The website also mentions a...
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    01-14-2019, 04:43 AM
    I was only thinking about the 1st generation Huntsman models and never saw a ML shotgun version. I'm not saying that they didn't make any, only that I've never heard of one. The old, original Huntsman were the ones that had both styles of...
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    01-13-2019, 11:33 PM
    I've never seen a factory made H&R muzzle loading shotgun. I've only seen H&R muzzle loading rifles some of which had removable breech plugs and some didn't since H&R redesigned the breech plug after initial production began. But a company does...
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    01-11-2019, 01:13 PM
    There's 2 almost identical yellow patch lubes that are the most popular, TC Bore Butter and Wonderlube. The smell that you remember is tincture of Wintergreen. I rub the Bore Butter paste into each dry cut patch by hand which melts it into the...
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    01-10-2019, 01:25 PM
    I found some of those old CVA's at a gun show. They were made in Italy out of stiff brass and came in a black plastic container. According to the label, these were imported after CVA moved from Connecticut to Georgia. CVA's later "Hot Flash"...
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    01-09-2019, 10:57 PM
    The right angle type of pistol grips are an antique design that are often called a "saw handle" grip shape.
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    01-09-2019, 11:10 AM
    There's a current trend to make these types of guns. Such as Pedersoli's attempt to clone the 1920's Ithaca 20 ga. "Auto & Burglar Gun" by chambering it for.45 LC with a rifled barrel, and cutting the chambers long enough to also fit the .410 3"...
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    01-09-2019, 01:47 AM
    The original howdah pistols were made for protection from dangerous game, especially tigers. A howdah is the name of the carriage that is placed on the back of an elephant to carry passengers which were usually wealthy people in India where...
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    01-08-2019, 03:46 PM
    arcticap replied to a thread Short squirrel hunt in Rimfire Area
    I used to keep a log of when and where I harvested squirrels and still remember the spot where I saw a black one that got away. Then saved up a bunch of tails over the years and sent them to Mepps so they could make fishing lures with them. They...
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    01-08-2019, 03:28 PM
    I decide to look up info. about Cooey and found this article titled: COOEY: THE HISTORY OF CANADA’S GUNMAKER --->>> https://calibremag.ca/cooey-canadas-gunmaker/ I never realized the connections between Cooey and Lakefield .22's which are sold...
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    01-08-2019, 12:46 PM
    Bmi48219, You may have found a needle in a haystack. PM sent.
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    01-06-2019, 08:06 PM
    arcticap replied to a thread Short squirrel hunt in Rimfire Area
    Those are some real beauties!
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    01-06-2019, 07:00 PM
    The price of a 20 gauge Pedersoli Howda Hunter is $699 at Cabela's. These guns are 12 gauge and can save a person a lot of money in part by not needing to pay for a lot of fancy wood, since their stocks are composite. Perhaps the Pedersoli is...
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    01-06-2019, 07:23 AM
    I recall reading about how Israeli Air Marshals are trained to shoot Beretta .22 short rimfire pistols and carry them on jetliners. They seem to be proficient enough with them to have confidence that they will be able to get the job done. It's not...
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    01-05-2019, 04:08 PM
    They're named the Bulldog, the Wrath and the compact Diablo 12 gauge double barrel pistols:--->>> https://americanguncraft.com/products/ The Diablo model used #209 primers.
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    01-05-2019, 03:25 PM
    I have a stainless AMT Automag ll that I bought brand many new years ago which needed a trigger job right out of the box. It has a 6 inch barrel and is marked Irwindale, and it performs perfectly with the right ammo. I can't say that all of the...
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    01-05-2019, 02:52 PM
    arcticap replied to a thread L&R Lock questions in Muzzleloading.
    Lyman lock time compared to L&R lock time for a percussion lock should be able to be quantified, just not very easily without special equipment which would seem to mean that it's still a matter of opinion. Unless someone has a reference to the...
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    01-05-2019, 02:37 PM
    There are also various portable Merit Optical discs, some of which have an adjustable iris:--->>> http://www.meritcorporation.com The different designs can either be attached to a peep sight or to safety/shooting glasses. They can help to clear...
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    01-04-2019, 03:57 AM
    arcticap replied to a thread L&R Lock questions in Muzzleloading.
    At $140+ from TOW, the L&R would be would be quite an expense for what may only provide a nominal increase in performance if any. The Lyman lock is basically a clone of the TC lock with its modern coil spring. Lyman offers all of the lock parts to...
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    01-03-2019, 01:16 PM
    arcticap replied to a thread CZ 455 varmint in Rimfire Area
    I've never sorted by weight, but have sorted by overall cartridge length minus the rim thickness. That provides the depth that the bullet extends into the chamber, a head spacing method of culling bullets. And I also sorted those further according...
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    01-03-2019, 12:04 PM
    I was recently reading about a few complaints with some Pedersoli flinters & others involving the design of their patent breech. It appears that after swabbing, they may be more prone to misfires. Perhaps some folks are wet swabbing and pushing...
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    01-03-2019, 11:29 AM
    RWS caps are slightly too tall to fit in my TC Clear View capper, so it's usually always Remington or CCI's. They both seem to work equally well. One time I bought a tin of Remington in a sealed clam pack at a Walmart and less than half of the...
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    01-03-2019, 11:19 AM
    I think that .015 patches are the ones that are the most popular and commonly used with .490 factory swagged balls.
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    01-02-2019, 12:29 AM
    Shotguns can have a fixed choke where the muzzle has a constriction which is smaller than the rest of the "bore" which is larger. Whereas other bores can have a muzzle that's an open choke and be the same size as the rest of the bore. It's...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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